Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi — who is also the leader of government business in Parliament — has warned MDC Alliance MPs about the financial cost of resigning from Parliament.
Ziyambi told the Daily News On Sunday that the opposition legislators will lose the vehicles that they acquired on loan. He said:
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If they resign now they are also required to pay the duty for their cars because they didn’t pay for it, as it was a privilege.
Apart from paying this duty, they are also supposed to settle the whole amount for the cars.
This is not going to be settled in five years. They must settle the whole amount the day they resign.
Ziyambi added that the MDC Alliance MPs were “free” to resign and by-elections will be held to replace them. He said:
They are free to resign and by-elections will be conducted. Those who are saying there is no need for by-elections are misguided.
In our Constitution, there is no provision which allows the nomination of legislators. There is need for by-elections.
Everyone is free to contest in the by-elections. For proportional representatives and senators, the party will nominate the replacements if they resign.
All MPs were given top-of-the-range parliamentary vehicles, including Toyota Hiluxes, worth between US$40 000 and US$60 000.
They also receive monthly salaries of between $6 000 and $8 000 and are entitled to $700 sitting allowances per session, fuel coupons, and lucrative foreign trips on parliamentary business.